John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during 1762–1763. He was the first Tory Prime Minister since the Harley ministry during 1710–1714 though his ministry was largely made up of Whigs.
Bute resigned following fierce criticism of his signing of the Treaty of Paris with its perceived lenient terms for France and Spain despite Britain's successes in the Seven Years' War. The Bute ministry consisted largely of the same members as its successor, the Grenville ministry. George III favoured Bute, but could not keep him in government (Whiteley 1996, p. 44).
|Portfolio||Minister||Took office||Left office|
|The Earl of Bute*||1762||1763|
|Chancellor of the Exchequer||The Lord le Despencer||1762||1763|
|Secretary of State for the Southern Department||The Earl of Egremont||1762||1763|
|Secretary of State for the Northern Department||George Grenville||1762||1762|
|The Earl of Halifax||1762||1763|
|Lord Chancellor||The Earl of Northington||1762||1763|
|Lord President of the Council||The Earl Granville||1762||1763|
|The Duke of Bedford||1763||1763|
|Lord Privy Seal||The Duke of Bedford||1762||1763|
|First Lord of the Admiralty||The Earl of Halifax||1762||1762|
|Master-General of the Ordnance||The Earl Ligonier||1762||1763|
|Lord Chamberlain||The Duke of Devonshire||1762||1762|
|The Duke of Marlborough||1762||1763|